ACCTMIS 2200, BUSMGT 2320, BUSMHR 2292, BUSFIN 3220, etc: For Fisher students, seeing these class titles immediately induces stress, yet they don’t understand the true benefits from having a holistic education. Many fail to notice that this is one of the factors that places Fisher ahead of its competitors.
According to U.S News and World Report 2018, Fisher College of Business is ranked 15th among universities and 7th among public universities. While Fisher focuses on experiential learning, student engagement and leadership development, when it comes to recruitment from potential employers, they know that Fisher has well-rounded students, and that comes from taking business core classes. Whereas many colleges want students to get down to business by taking their specialization classes freshman year, Fisher has students take a holistic set of business core classes.
Julia Fletcher, a third-year Peer Advisor in the Fisher Undergraduate Programs Office studying finance, truly benefitted as a person and as a student from the experience she got out of the business core classes.
She says, “Don’t blow off the business core classes, it’s a majority of your education. It’s going to impact your GPA.” Fletcher claims. “It’s not just about the end result, but rather the experience you gain from the classes you take.”
The experience and skills students gain from taking these core classes should not go unnoticed.
Terry Esper, Associate Professor of Logistics, said “It’s interesting to me the number of students who will go into a class saying, ‘Oh, I’m not a logistics major, so I’m going to tune out,’” Esper says. “You could be tuning out a potential job.”
Another advantage to the core curriculum is that most students come in not entirely sure what they want to study. Getting exposure to a variety of classes early on can help students to consider other possibilities they may not have chosen otherwise.
“[I had] 15 students come to me last semester wanting to change their major to logistics simply because they didn’t know what it was,” Esper says. “Most Fisher students are familiar with the concepts of finance and marketing but aren’t familiar with what logistics or other areas of business truly are until they get exposure to that first business core class.”
Being in Fisher, students aren’t always going to fully comprehend every class they take during college.
“It’s okay for you to not be amazing at every subject. That’s why there’s specialization.” Fletcher mentions. “It may not be your strength, but that’s okay. Logistics was not my strength, but I can understand where peers are coming from. Find the one that works for you and then pursue that.”
The core curriculum allows students to truly build their background, even if every class doesn’t come easy to them, they have the background to work with.
When it comes to internships, companies seek out well-rounded students. Fletcher found that employers in past internships never saw the core curriculum she took as a drawback; rather, they could add to this well-rounded background by training her more specifically on finance tasks.
Esper mentioned the importance of leadership when it came to jobs in business. He says, “this [core curriculum] serves to make Fisher students business leaders, not just marketing leaders.”
It’s all about building that background. “You may have Marketing in your foreground, but you want to have logistics in your background,” Esper affirms. “Even if you’re a finance major going to work for Amazon, you [have] to know logistics, that’s just who they are. Amazon will come recruit from Fisher because they look at our curriculum and they know you have knowledge of finance. Now, you have just set yourself apart.”
At second glance, perhaps the course names of ACCTMIS 2200, BUSMGT 2320, BUSMHR 2292 will give you that edge to land your dream career.